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Point Guard (Home Team) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-30 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1481410032
LANGUAGE:English

" In typical Lupica style, this focuses on sports-related action, but also touches on plenty of other themes, including the current political climate in our country. Some might find it a bit heavy handed, but athletes will be drawn to the fast paced on-court action and tension. " said.

"Four friends longtime friends decide to tryout for the 8th grade boys basketball team. The only problem is that one of them is a girl. Cassie is an amazing athlete and excels at multiple sports, like her friends Jack, Teddy, and Gus. In order to challenge herself, Cassie decides to try out for the boys team but is suprised to find that one of her best friends, Gus, is not very supportive of her, and Gus isn't sure why he can't back Cassie on this. A great story that is about more than just basketball. " said.

"Gus can't wait for the basketball season to get underway. Being from the Dominican Republic, those around him expect him to be a baseball guy but his skills on the basketball court back up his confidence. With his friends Jack and Teddy trying out for the team, Gus looks forward to an awesome season.

Tryouts don't go as planned when his friend Cassie shows up to try out for the boys team. Cassie excels in many sports the 8th grade boys basketball team proves no exception. As Gus grapples with mixed feelings of having to answer to a girl and trying to maintain his friendship with Cassie, he is forced to question his place on the team.

Those who love sports will have no problem relating to the dynamics between the players. Even though the story touches on some side social themes, it does lack depth at times. Otherwise, a solid story.

My review as it originally appears on my blog, Boys To Books. I received the book at no charge from the publisher.
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"In this book Gus, and his other friends are excited for the basketball season to start, but when Gus finds out his friend Cassie is trying out for the boys basketball team he gets kinda jealous. So there is a lot of drama between him and Cassie, but Gus's friends try to help him out. Eventually in the championship game Gus and Cassie start to work together very well. They end up winning the game by Cassie throwing a behind the back pass to Gus and he drains a three pointer to win it. After the game Gus takes Cassie to the top of the bleachers and apologizes. She accepts it and she apologizes too, after that they become friends again like they were before. " said.

"Copy received from the publisher.

After the depress fests that were The Only Game and The Extra Yard, Point Guard is a huge relief. This book centers on Gus, whose family is from the Dominican Republic. His friends think that he should be more interested in baseball, but he's taken a real liking to basketball. The problem? His good friend Cassie, who is a crackerjack player on the girls' team, thinks the boys' team would offer her more of a challenge. Gus is okay with this... so why does it bother him? He has some good reasons-- Cassie beats out Teddy for a spot, and with her on the team, a lot of the focus is taken away from the team and put on the GIRL on the team. Cassie eventually picks up on his attitude, and the two have difficult moments on and off the court. Gus' sister Angela is very level headed about the whole matter and regularly slaps Gus around a bit, and he eventually is able to get himself together for the good of the team and of his friends. Add to the drama the mayor's son, who along with his father thinks that Walton shouldn't have so many immigrants, and you get a timely (but soon to be dated by mentions of Trump) and thought provoking basketball story.
Strengths: I loved that Cassie made the boys' team on her own merit, and that the boys acknowledged that she was really the best athlete at their school. This will rub some of my readers the wrong way, which they deserve! Hard to believe that over 40 years after Title IX we are still fighting this battle. Sigh. Good for Lupica for addressing it. Also, I'm very glad that the mood of this one was lighter. The other two books-- whew. Walton needs some serious counseling in the schools!
Weaknesses: Gus' constant rehashing of his feelings gets old pretty soon. I understand why it's there, but I just wanted to tell him to suck it up, buttercup.
What I really think: An improvement, but I wish that these were less message heavy and a little more fun.
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